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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 2, 2011
The Walters Art Museum has entered into a partnership with the Roemer and Pelizaeus Museum in Hildesheim, Germany, to exchange ideas, staff members and art projects, officials announced Tuesday. "The Walters has partnered in the past with exhibitions at the British Museum and in Hamburg," said Regine Schulz, curator of ancient art and director of international curatorial relations at the Walters. "But to have a cooperative partner is a better thing. You can do exhibits together without huge fees.
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By Jaclyn Peiser, The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2014
Seven artists, whose works span experimental musical instruments and genealogy-inspired sculpture, are the finalists in the 2014 Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The prize, which provides the winner with a $25,000 fellowship award that will help them further develop and create their work, is named after civic leader Walter Sondheim and his wife, Janet. The artists are: •Lauren Adams, whose paintings, drawings, prints and other works explore power, politics and labor.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | September 11, 2012
Paintings in museum-quality frames are popping up outdoors around town - displayed on a post just outside the entrance to Baltimore's City Hall and along Patterson Park, mounted to the wall on a corner of the Avenue in Hampden. These high-quality reproductions of vintage pieces from the Walters Art Museum give a new meaning to the concept of art in public places. Within the next few weeks, 20 more works will be unveiled, from Fells Point to Meadowood Regional Park near Green Spring Station.
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April 16, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Friday, April 18: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel and Carroll counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Open in Baltimore, Frederick, Harford and Howard counties. Courts Open in all jurisdictions. Libraries Closed in Carroll, Harford and Howard counties and Baltimore City. Open in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Frederick counties. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash/recycling Regular service in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties, and Annapolis.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
Each summer, you can count on an engaging exhibit of finalists vying for the $25,000 Janet and Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize. The 2013 showcase of Maryland, Virginia and Washington artists is particularly impressive, offering a mix of photographic storytelling and social commentary, vibrant collage, and even half a pingpong table. This year's display is attractively housed at the Walters Art Museum instead of its usual spot in the Baltimore Museum of Art - an extensive renovation project at the BMA necessitated the temporary relocation.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | May 9, 2013
The Walters Art Museum, a trail-blazer in digitizing its collection and making it available online, has reached an agreement with Stanford University Libraries to give more than 100,000 high-res images of medieval manuscripts what is being called "a second home" in the Stanford Digital Repository. There, the images will receive "long-term protection against file loss or corruption," according to a statement released Thursday by Stanford. Also provided in the arrangement will be "digital handling tools that allow scholars to analyze the manuscripts and compare them with manuscripts elsewhere.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | October 4, 2011
More than 10,000 items in the Walters Art Museum — about a third of the total collection — can now be viewed and downloaded online for free, without copyright restrictions. The museum's collection is "basically public domain," said Dylan Kinnett, manager of web and social media at the Walters. "Something like this would be less likely at a museum with contemporary art, where the artist is still alive or the estate is still active. " The free online accessibility, which complements the Walters' free admission policy, allows viewers to see works spanning several eras, from ancient Egypt and the Americas to 18th- and 19th-century Europe.
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By Justin George, The Baltimore Sun | December 6, 2013
A museum banner above the Walters Art Museum in Mount Vernon fell Friday afternoon, shattering a giant window, drawing emergency crews and closing the museum's ticket office for the day. The sign is located on the Centre Street side of the museum, said Mona M. Rock, museum spokeswoman. No one was hurt and only one pane was shattered - though it was a large one, she said. "We're just grateful no one was injured and we'll be fine," she said. Because the ticket office is closed, Rock said, the exhibit "The Book of the Faiyum," will be free to patrons on Friday.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
Works of art can be said to exist fully only when they are put on view. It's the encounter with the viewer that makes art, well, art. And there are certain, straightforward ways we expect those encounters to occur when entering a museum - paintings hanging on a wall, sculptures resting on pedestals, that sort of thing. Photographer Gregory Vershbow toys with those expectations in an intriguing exhibit at the Walters Art Museum , "Site Unseen. " Contemporary exhibits are not a Walters specialty; this one fits beautifully into the venue.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2013
The sculpture court at the Walters Art Museum is one of Baltimore's most inviting spaces. Acoustically, it's a bit of a soup, but who cares in such an ambience? That point was drive home Sunday evening when An Die Musik Live and the Walters presented the last in this season's series of early music concerts. This one, which drew a spill-over crowd, featured one of the Baltimore Symphony's star players, principal trumpet Andrew Balio, in a bright burst of baroque repertoire.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
No bells and whistles went off today, but the Walters Arts Museum just won the distinction of providing the 10,000th entry in the World Digital Library , a Library of Congress project launched in 2009 that provides free Internet access to manuscripts, maps, books, works of art, photographs, films, recordings and more from every continent. The total number of images provided by those 10,000 entries is nearly 500,000. The Walters manuscripts that helped the digital library reach 10,000 entries include the Corvey Gospel Fragment from 10th-century Germany; the "Imperial" Menologion, a Greek church calendar from the 11th century; and the Ethiopian Gospel from the 16th century.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | February 23, 2014
Jane V.P. Benesch, a homemaker who was active with several museums, died Feb. 12 of heart failure at Roland Park Place. She was 95. The daughter of Henry Van Praag, a lingerie manufacturer, and Marie Goldsmith Van Praag, Jane Van Praag was born in New York City and raised at Meadow Hill, the family home in Chappaqua, N.Y. After graduating from the Knox School, she earned a bachelor's degree from Smith College. She then moved to New York City, where she worked for Israel Sack, a well-known antiques dealer who founded Israel Sack Inc. While working in New York, she met and fell in love with Isaac Benesch, a Yale School of Drama graduate, who at the time was an assistant to Donald Oenslager, the noted Broadway set designer.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2014
A new exhibit opening Sunday at the Walters Art Museum is an homage to unsteady hands and uncertain tempers, to chips and nicks, to the inconsistent and unfinished. In "Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics," many of the 60 vases on display contain an obvious and intentional flaw. One artist, who is known for kicking each pot with a boot before it is fired, has deliberately gouged a small V-shaped segment from his vessel's rim. In a vase by another artist, the upper lip of the vase departs from a uniform circle and wobbles slightly.
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By Chris Kaltenbach and The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
After 15 years at the Charles Theatre , the Maryland Film Festival will be moving into new digs in May. The operators of the Charles, James “Buzz” Cusack and his daughter, Kathleen Cusack Lyon, chose not to rent their five-screen facility to the festival this year, film festival head Jed Dietz said. The 16 th festival, scheduled for May 7-11, will be held at spaces in the Maryland Institute College of Art, the University of Baltimore , the Walters Art Museum and the Windup Space on North Avenue.
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February 7, 2014
This weekend, Baltimore moviegoers will get their first look at "The Monuments Men," the long-awaited film by director and actor George Clooney about the Allied effort during World War II to recover thousands of priceless artworks looted by the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners. The film, with an all-star cast that includes Mr. Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin and Cate Blanchett, is based on the book of the same name by historian Robert M. Edsel and relates the story of how an unlikely band of museum curators, art historians and conservators followed the Allied armies across Europe to ferret out the caves, salt mines and ruined buildings where Nazi officials had hidden these cultural treasures.
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The Baltimore Sun | January 22, 2014
We'll continue to update this list of cultural and commercial institutions shutting down for the day. If you know of additional closings, please note in the comments field. American Visionary Art Museum is closed. Baltimore Museum of Industry is closed. Maryland Science Center is closed. Port Discovery is closed. All Pratt Library locations are closed. Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture will open at noon.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2014
No bells and whistles went off today, but the Walters Arts Museum just won the distinction of providing the 10,000th entry in the World Digital Library , a Library of Congress project launched in 2009 that provides free Internet access to manuscripts, maps, books, works of art, photographs, films, recordings and more from every continent. The total number of images provided by those 10,000 entries is nearly 500,000. The Walters manuscripts that helped the digital library reach 10,000 entries include the Corvey Gospel Fragment from 10th-century Germany; the "Imperial" Menologion, a Greek church calendar from the 11th century; and the Ethiopian Gospel from the 16th century.
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By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2012
Gary Vikan, who has been a dynamic force at the helm of the Walters Art Museum for 18 years, will leave the post of director in June 2013, or when his successor is in place. "I really made the decision in November 2008, when I was 62," Vikan said, "but that's when the stock market was plummeting. So I picked 65. " The museum weathered the economic downturn successfully, thanks to Vikan's leadership, said Walters board chairman Douglas Hamilton Jr. "Gary has carried us through the economic downturn," he said.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | January 20, 2014
Shelia Burkhalter and her 8-year-old daughter, Sydney, spent Monday afternoon cutting out maps, drawing and writing in matching books titled, "My personal journey. " The Burkhalters were participating in a day of activities at the Walters Art Museum to commemorate the life and message of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. "It's not a day off, but a day on," said Shelia Burkhalter, an associate vice president for student affairs at University of Baltimore, explaining that her family usually volunteers on Martin Luther King Day. Her husband's work schedule did not permit it this year.
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January 17, 2014
This schedule will be in effect Monday, Jan. 20: Government offices Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Courts Closed in Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford, Howard and Frederick counties, and in Baltimore City and Annapolis. Libraries Closed in all jurisdictions. Public schools Closed in all jurisdictions. Trash Regular service in Anne Arundel, Baltimore and Howard counties and in Annapolis.
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